Faculty and Researchers

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

An introduction to faculty staff members and laboratories in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Note: Information on the laboratories is current as of the 2019 academic year. There may be changes to this information in the 2020 academic year.

Masaaki OKADA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Landscape & Heritage Study Laboratory
Landscape Engineering, Heritage Studies

Research on landscape evaluation and history of civil engineering. We embrace the concept of using landscapes near to us as community assets in doing design. We start with familiar places, and identify issues and research ways to resolve them.

Haruki SHIMAZU

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Environmental Sanitary Laboratory
Environmental Engineering

Our laboratory investigates the status and sources of pollution from chemical substances in the atmosphere and water, in microorganisms, and the like. We examine whether the possibility exists that a substance would have an adverse impact on people and ecosystems, and conduct research with the aim of building appropriate systems to manage and control chemical substances.

Kohsei TAKEHARA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Environmental Hydraulic Laboratory
Hydraulics

We are engaged in a wide range of research including gas transport phenomena in oceans and surrounding flow fields related to the motion of microorganisms. In addition, we are studying the phenomenon of water droplets and gas bubbles using the world's fastest video camera developed at this university.

Yasuo TOMITA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Urban Management Laboratory
Transport Planning, Urban Planning, Regional Planning

We are working broadly on urban management in an aging society and low-carbon society from both a theoretical and practical perspective. In particular, we are studying town planning by the residents themselves that applies urban management techniques.

Hiroshi HIGASHIYAMA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Laboratory of Composite Structural Engineering
Structural Engineering, Bridge Engineering, Maintenance Engineering

For the sake of safe, reliable and comfortable living, we research the development of new materials and structures, investigate methodologies, and study maintenance of existing structures. We deepen our understanding by examining phenomena, touching on materials and structures in experiments and analysis.

Kazuaki MATSUI

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Environmental Biological Science Laboratory
Microbial Ecology, Evaluation of Impacts on Microbial Ecosystems

We are working on a variety of research projects to understand the microbial ecosystems. We isolate and characterize spore-forming mercury resistant bacteria to understand the dissemination nature of the mercury resistant transposon among bacteria. We also try to elucidate the quantitative relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning with microbes.

Masahiro YONEDA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Bridge Engineering Laboratory
Bridge Engineering, Structural Engineering, Structural Dynamics

Bridges that hold up and survive, even when typhoons with wind speeds of 80 meters per second arrive, and also when earthquakes of magnitude 8 strike. Bridges for which no shaking occurs that will cause discomfort when vehicles pass by or when people are walking. We do research on such bridges.

Tomoo OKINAKA

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Applied Mechanics Laboratory
Material Mechanics, Applied Mechanics, Image Measurement Systems

In the break-up and collapse of a structure, splitting cracks will branch and propagate for several hundred meters. We use experiments and computer simulation to investigate what phenomena are occurring in such situations.

Katsuyuki KAWAI

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Environmental Geotechnics Laboratory
Geotechnical Engineering, Geoenvironmental Engineering, Disaster Prevention

Using a three-phase mixture comprising soil particles, water, and air, we faithfully model geo-materials that exhibit complex behaviors depending on their composition ratio, and search for clues to solve problems by simulating ground disasters such as landslides and soil contamination.

Yasuhide TAKANO

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Water Environmental Measurement Laboratory
Environmental Measurement Engineering, Hydrology

Using measurement instruments of our own making, as well as tethered balloons, electron microscopes, and the like, we investigate the state of the environment in urban areas mainly by measuring the heat and moisture environment (temperature, humidity, concentration of substances, etc.) in the atmosphere above cities.

Takayuki FUMOTO

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Environment Material Laboratory
Concrete Engineering, Construction Materials, Environmental Materials

We are working to elucidate deformation and fracture behavior within materials, the distribution of deterioration in concrete, and optimal conditions for producing bio-coke, building on particulate measurements, deterioration distributions, and deformation measurements, from 3D X-ray computed tomography (CT) images. We will also clarify the physical properties of recycled materials and the characteristics of various types of concrete using them.

Takao YANAGIHARA

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Welfare Planning Laboratory
Transportation Planning

We research the relationship between people and the social environment from a variety of perspectives, such as engineering, health and well-being, psychology, and cognitive science. In particular, in recent years, we have also been doing R&D on equipment to support independent living by people with disabilities.

Koji NAKASHIMA

Position
Assistant Professor
Laboratory
Geotechnical Prevention Engineering Laboratory
Geotechnical Engineering